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Monday, April 25, 2005

More perspective on Global Warming

Bill Rolland wants readers to “Get real perspective on global warming,” April 25, 2005

Mr Rolland is concerned about letters to the Editor that praised State of Fear by Michael Crichton. It is obvious that he has not read the book, which is perhaps the first fiction book I ever read with footnotes to support the science in the story, a detailed reference section and policy essays in the end notes.
The book's premise is that environmentalists have hyped global warming to extort billions of dollars from an unsuspecting public so these insidious tree-huggers can retire to lavish plantations on Molokai. It's all a get-rich scheme, you see. Seriously.

Now ask yourself: who owns more Hummers and BMWs: Greenpeace or the executive staff at ExxonMobil? Who's living in their parents' basement in Galt: some tie-dyed tree sitter or the president of the American Coal Association? Which call does your congressman take: the president of GM or that skinny kid collecting signatures to increase federal fuel standards?
I guess Mr Rolland did not read the Bee feature article several years ago about about the super fancy offices of the environmental organizations in Washington DC and regional centers. About the first class travel, the limos, and the fancy parties thrown for the big donors.
The verdict on global warming is in: it's real, it's here, and it's caused by people. And that, by the way, is from the non-fiction section.
Mr Rolland provides no support for this statement. Yes we have seen slight warming, mainly from increased out put from the sun. Details and a more “real perspective on global warming” in my March 2004 Other Voices in The Union. Download the original file with full color graphics here. You will also find more on global warming by scrolling down this page.

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